Vanilla Mug Cake


Easy vanilla mug cake recipe is the perfect dessert! Enjoy this easy mug cake on your own or share it with a friend. Combine a few simple pantry staples in a mug, pop it in the microwave and then enjoy! Try homemade vanilla ice cream recipe.



  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate sprinkles


  • Place butter in a large mug and microwave 30 to 40 seconds until melted. Allow to cool 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Quickly whisk in the milk, vanilla extract, and sugar, mixing well (if the butter begins to solidify, microwave it for 30-45 seconds to warm the milk). Whisk in the flour, baking powder, and salt until combined. Stir in the sprinkles.
  • Microwave for 80 to 90 seconds. The top should look set but slightly wet when done. Cool a few minutes before enjoying.

Recipe Notes

  • Use a large mug to prevent spilling. Use a mug that is at least 14 ounces to prevent the cake from bubbling over in the microwave.
  • You can substitute the sprinkles for chocolate chips or rainbow sprinkles.
  • Serve with fresh strawberries and whipped cream, if desired.
  • The mug will be very hot after cooking in the microwave. Allow it to sit for at least two minutes before touching or eating.
  • You can make the mug cakes in advance and cover until you’re ready to eat.
  • Do not make mug cakes in the oven. Mug cake recipes are for the microwave only.
  • Because this is a small cake, you do not need to use eggs. The combination of ingredients in this recipe yields the best texture and flavor.


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